Wisconsin Citizen Petitions, 1836-1891

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This collection comprises citizen petitions written to the legislatures of the Wisconsin Territory and later the State of Wisconsin, from 1836 to 1891. At the time, petitions were the only direct means for citizens to communicate with the government.

From requesting dams, roads, and money to build schoolhouses, to recording views on slavery, suffrage, and statehood, these petitions reveal what settlers wished to achieve for their communities, and the ways in which they hoped to connect Wisconsin to the expanding commerce and intellectual life of the United States. These petitions are mostly handwritten in blue and iron gall ink; most petitions comprise a title page, the petition itself, and signature pages.

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The work of flattening, scanning, and describing these petitions was funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC) of the National Archives.

Remonstrance against funding school district no. 4 in Hartford

Remonstrance against funding school district no. 4 in Hartford

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Remonstrance against grist millers gaining a legal privilege

Remonstrance against grist millers gaining a legal privilege

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Remonstrance against having the county seat of Racine County determined by electors

Remonstrance against having the county seat of Racine County determined by electors

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Remonstrance against incorporating the town of Buena Vista

Remonstrance against incorporating the town of Buena Vista

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Remonstrance against incorporating the town of Southport

Remonstrance against incorporating the town of Southport

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Remonstrance against increasing the taxes levied for schools in Hudson

Remonstrance against increasing the taxes levied for schools in Hudson

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Remonstrance against legalizing a tax assessed in the town of Delavan for building a schoolhouse

Remonstrance against legalizing a tax assessed in the town of Delavan for building a schoolhouse

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Remonstrance against legalizing a town vote that would pay enlisted men

Remonstrance against legalizing a town vote that would pay enlisted men

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Remonstrance against legalizing the bonds issued for the Chicago and North Western Railroad Company

Remonstrance against legalizing the bonds issued for the Chicago and North Western Railroad Company

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